Venus Williams’ Wimbledon Exit Poses Questions About Her Future

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesFive-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams was dumped out of Wimbledon this year by 15-year-old Cori Gauff leading to question marks about the former world number one’s future in the sport.“She [Venus Williams] said congratulations.”“I told her thank you for everything that you did. I wouldn’t be here without you. I always wanted to tell her that.”– @CocoGauff #Wimbledon— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 1, 2019It is the first time Williams has failed to win her first round match at Wimbledon since 2012, while it brings up her second consecutive Grand Slam that she has been eliminated in her opening game as she also went out of the French Open at the opening stage after losing to Elina Svitolina at Roland-Garros back in May.The older of the two Williams sisters is 39 years old now and has been playing as a professional since October 1994. She won her first Grand Slam singles title in 2000 when she landed Wimbledon, beating Lindsay Davenport in straight sets.The majority of Williams’ success throughout her career has come at Wimbledon where she has felt so comfortable on the grass surface. She defended her crown in 2001 when getting the better of Justine Henin in three sets. Three more titles at SW19 followed in 2005, 2007 and 2008, the latter in which she beat her sister Serena in the final.There was resurgence in Williams’ form in 2017 as she reached the final of two Grand Slam events. At the start of the year she made it through to the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne where she picked up wins over Garbine Muguruza and CoCo Vandeweghe. Unfortunately for the American, she went down in straight sets to her sister Serena.Williams rolled back the years again at Wimbledon two years later to make her ninth final there. Victories against Naomi Osaka, Jelena Ostapenko and Johanna Konta gave her the opportunity to play for the title again. It was Muguruza who proved too strong for her though, winning 7-5 6-0.At the start of the year, Williams was outside the top 50 in the world rankings for the first time since the early stages of her career. She is currently positioned 44 but the defeat to Gauff puts her under pressure again to stay in the top 50. The 39-year-old is a long way off world number one Ashleigh Barty who was the favourite in the women’s odds at Wimbledon this year before the tournament began.After 11 years, @VenusesWilliams parts ways with coach David Witt:— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) December 10, 2018Williams opted to part ways from her long-term coach David Witt at the end of 2018. She is currently working with her father, Richard Williams, and mother, Oracene Price. She will be now preparing to try and peak for the US Open in August, a tournament she has been successful twice at during her career.If things don’t work out at Flushing Meadows though, Williams may have a tough decision to make at the end of the year on whether she continues on the singles tour in 2020. If she doesn’t return, she can look back on her career and safely say, she has been one of the best female players of the modern era to play the sport and one which has inspired so many, including her recent opponent, Gauff, to take up the sport. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

Live NFL draft updates: Rounds 2, 3 on Friday night

first_imgAfter dominating the news on the first day of the draft, see what both the Raiders and 49ers have in store for us all on Friday night. Follow our live feed for the latest rumors, news and analysis from our reporters and NFL insiders across the country as the draft begins at 4 p.m.If a trade is in the works or a player appears headed to the Bay Area, there’s a good chance you’ll read about it here first.The Raiders will pick third when the second round begins Friday and the 49ers will follow …last_img

Revenue points to improving economy

first_imgHe said despite the decline in revenue in the period 2008/09, South Africa’s overall revenue performance since the start of the economic crisis was favourable compared to developed economies and other emerging markets. Company Income Tax declined by more than R25-billion, of which about R12-billion could be attributed to the mining sector alone. Other sectors that were heavily affected included the financial sector, which declined by R14.5-billion, and the manufacturing sector, by R6.5-billion. On Thursday, Gordhan attributed the increase in revenue to several measures introduced by Sars last year, including the tough penalty system for non-compliant tax payers. Favourable comparison Ensuring increased compliance South Africa has seen an overall revenue growth of 4.5% over the past two-year period, while the United States experienced an overall decline of 14% for the same period. New Zealand recorded a 7.8% decline in revenue, while Australia and India both increased their revenue by 4.5% and 8.1% respectively. The South African Revenue Service (Sars) collected an impressive R598.5-billion for the 2009/10 financial year – R8.1-billion more than the revised estimate announced by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his Budget speech in February. South Africa’s revenue performance for the past year could be confirmation that the country’s economy is on its way to recovery. “International experience has shown that times of economic hardship do not only result in lower tax revenues, but also adversely affects the levels of compliance amongst taxpayers,” Gordhan noted. He said that while consumption still remained low as a result of an estimated one million people losing their jobs last year, the results came as good news for South Africa. 1 April 2010 “Clearly this is a phenomenal performance considering the conditions we find ourselves in,” he said. “It is a good story for the country, and reinforces what we’ve been saying that the recovery is on its way … it’s there, and it’s slow.” In spite of this fact, Sars Commissioner Oupa Magashule said there had been a marked improvement in compliance by taxpayers, attributing this to improved database and filing systems. Source: BuaNews He said Sars employees had also worked around the clock to ensure that people were compliant and filed their tax documents on time. Sars staff made more than 744 000 follow-up calls reminding taxpayers of their obligation to file returns on time. But it was not all good news, with the figures indicating a sharp decrease in tax collected from companies affected by the economic downturn. Decrease in company taxlast_img read more

What You Need To Know About Shooting with the RED EPIC

first_imgDiscover the top 10 things you need to know before you take the RED EPIC camera out on a shoot!RED Digital’s 5K EPIC camera is a remarkable (albeit unconventional) filmmaking tool.  The EPIC has made quite a splash in the production industry for its stunning 5K images, variable frame rates and modular design.  However, shooting with the EPIC is much different than using more traditional video cameras.  RED’s EPIC has idiosyncrasies that DPs need to be aware of before heading out on a shoot.Camera assistant Evan Luzi has a lot of experience with the EPIC and shares his knowledge on the blog, TheBlackandBlue.  Recently, Evan tackled the top 10 things you need to know before shooting with the RED EPIC in a series of blog posts.   This is a must-read post series for any current or future EPIC shooters.  Topics covered include:How to setup RED EPIC’s black shading calibrationPros and cons of REDVOLT batteries and getting the most out of themSet up external monitors with two outputsUsing and understanding the EPIC’s LED indicator lightsPitfalls of EPIC’s autofocus and using still lensesCreating an update schedule & staying informed of camera capabilitiesUnderstanding REDCODE and data ratiosShooting slow motion footage with RED EPICEquip EPIC to work best for a particular shootKeeping in mind the computer component of the RED EPICThe EPIC is an awesome camera…if you’re knowledgeable about how to properly use it.  Check out this in-depth blog series on RED EPIC’s strengths and weaknesses, and discover how you can use this innovative camera to it’s full potential.Watch RED’s Epic demo video:last_img read more

Lionel Messi to play for Argentina in Copa America, coach says

first_imgBloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Neymar already looking to extend his contract with PSG Google Philippines names new country director Still, he thought Messi will play in the Copa America.“Leo will be in Copa America. It is evident he will be. He showed maximum will here and we see he is very driven,” Scaloni said. “When the match against Venezuela finished, we talked about the match, not about what is to come. We will work to get a better team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe friendly against Venezuela marked Messi’s first match for Argentina since the World Cup.Messi made no impression against Venezuela in Madrid. He will not play against Morocco on Tuesday because of a groin injury. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Argentina’s Lionel Messi runs with the ball during an international friendly soccer match between Argentina and Venezuela at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Friday, March 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Lionel Messi will play for Argentina in the Copa America in June in Brazil, according to coach Lionel Scaloni on Monday.Scaloni, speaking in Morocco where Argentina plays the national team on Tuesday, said he has not discussed the Copa America with Messi since Argentina was embarrassed by Venezuela 3-1 on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more